If you’ve never been to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, our team could go on ad infinitum about the many reasons we love frequenting the Talbot County museum. In addition to serving more than 70,000 guests each year, the maritime museum includes a floating fleet of historical boats and 12 exhibition buildings, all situated on 18 waterfront acres along the Miles River and St. Michaels’ harbor. What’s more, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is host to a wide array of events throughout the year, including the upcoming Antique & Classic Boat Festival. Hosted by the Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society, it’s the perfect way to spend Father’s Day Weekend in Talbot County!
This year’s festival will mark the 29th anniversary for the event, with boats, exhibits, art, workshops, demonstrations, food, family activities, and more slated for this year’s celebration. Expect to see a wide selection of Chesapeake Bay-built workboats, including the Chesapeake deadrise and buy boat seen dockside at the museum. It’s a unique chance to view the East Coast’s largest collection of antique and classic boats, with boats ranging from runabouts to yachts, including race boats, work boats, launches, hydroplanes, and utilities.
The 29th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival also includes the event’s signature Arts at Navy Point pavilion, which will include 70 juried fine artists, craftspeople, and vendors. Expect plenty of nautical and maritime-themed items to choose from as you peruse the booths. Along with the art vendors, look for plenty of regional food vendors, as well as the Pyrat rum bar for libations.
That’s not all…the festival also includes workshops and seminars, building demonstrations, family activities, and a nautical flea market. For the kids, there’s an abundance of children’s activities, including boatbuilding craft projects and the Hagerty Insurance Marine Youth Judging program where youth learn about the award-winning qualities of preserved and restored classic boats.
The festival will be held Friday June 17, Saturday, June 18, and Sunday, June 19. Festival hours are 11am until 5pm on Friday, 10am until 5pm on Saturday, and 10am until 2pm on Sunday. Admission is free for members. Individual admission, which is good for two days, is $18 for adults, $15 for seniors (62+) and students with ID, $6 for kids 6-17, and free for children under the age of 6.
The Antique & Classic Boat Festival is just one of the many fantastic events that residents of Talbot County enjoy. One of the common reasons that we hear clients attribute to wanting to move to our area is the rich arts and culture scene that Talbot County boasts. It truly is a wonderful area for all ages and interests to enjoy. For more on Talbot County, our local events, and reasons why you too should be calling Talbot County home, contact us today!